National Executive Council of the Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana (CoPG) has directed its members to, henceforth, request government hospitals to provide payment guarantees before medicines could be supplied to them.
This, according to the Chamber was the only way to sustain their individual companies.
The Chamber further said health facilities owing more than three months “shall no more enjoy any credit facilities from their members”.
“Our position is as a result of the delay in payment by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) through the Health Service Providers,” the Chamber said in a statement.
The Chamber came to this conclusion at its meeting on 22 January, 2020 in Accra, where they deliberated on issues of national importance and matters confronting the pharmaceutical industry and trade with the delayed reimbursement by health service providers high on the agenda.
CoPG further called on the government to ensure adherence to the NHI Act on reimbursements to service providers.
The Chamber also wanted the review of the current Ministry of Health framework contract and revert to the decentralised procurement system by the regional health directorates and teaching hospitals, through national competitive tenders.
“The Chamber will like to remind the government and all stakeholders that, we will ensure that good-quality health commodities are available, accessible, and affordable to all people living in Ghana and anchored by a sustainable, reliable, responsive, efficient, and well-coordinated supply chain,” the statement signed by Mr Harrison Kofi Abutiate, Chairman of the CoPG added.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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